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Stockton Holiday Caterers

Browse these holiday caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Stockton.

  • 12 years in business
  • 166 hires on Thumbtack
Tiffany L.
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We hosted a holiday dinner for a party of 14 and Chef Sat was absolutely incredible. He was very responsive, flexible, prepared, professional, and easy to work with. From choosing the menu to executing the dishes, everything was perfect and stress free. Most importantly, our guests loved his dishes and we were able to relax and entertain as hosts. We highly recommend him and will surely invite him back again!

Passionate Plates
4.8
from 61 reviews
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa J.
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Had a Christmas Party for 30 people in my home. Food was prepared on-site. As guests arrived first and caterers second, the kitchen was full of guests nibbling on appetizers. Alisa and her assistant blended right in working around guests. The food was delicious! All guests commented about how wonderful the food was and how pleasant Alisa and her assistant were. Clean-up was provided, and they did a great job at that too. It made enjoying guests and myself fantastic! Planning for the event was seamless, organized and expeditious! When I have another party for my 50th this year, Passionate Plates and Alisa will be on "speed-dial"!

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  • 4 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
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Deborah S.
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My Family and I have enjoyed anniversary and holiday Dinners with Chef Albert for a few years now, his bubbly personality grasped your attention for the love of what food can be, we also loved the sous vide Turkey and his spicy infusion techniques, all his homemade ice cream for desserts and are prepared with fresh fruit and berries and is always delicious. it has been an inspiration to have him as part of our family and giving us the opportunity to expand our pallet & a new way of cooking.

Taste for the Senses
4.9
from 39 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Jean D.
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I have been to several events which Taste of the Senses catered. They all have been above and beyond my expectations. The quality and quantity of food surpasses those of other caterers at the events. His menu includes tri-tip, ceviche, and tamales, among other delicious, homemade authentic Mexican fare. Arturo and his crew go to all lengths to adjust to the event and circumstances, whether it is a wedding, a quincianera, or a fundraiser. They are friendly, hard-working, and talented, and I recommend Taste of the Senses highly.

Rose Johnson Catering
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Tamra B.
Verified review

Rose was amazing! She promptly respnded to all my emails and communicated flawlessly. She provided all the staff needed for our wedding and customized our menu for our dietary restrictions. We met with many caterers and she was the best value and most friendly. All of the staff working with her were very friendly and professional. The food was amazing. Evertthing was cooked to perfection, looked beautiful and tasted delicious. I don't think it could have gone any better and I highly reccomend her for any occassion! Thanks again Rose!!!!!

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Abroad Catering
4.8
from 33 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
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Laura W.
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Nancy was great to work with. She created a custom menu for our wedding and the food was plentiful and fantastic! We even got to keep the leftovers. We highly recommend her.

Kincy Catering Plus
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Zakiyaah T.
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I had nothing less than the best experience with Kincy Catering, the food was cooked to perfection and presentation was wonderful !!! All at affordable prices ! I will be purchasing again :)

Basic Catering
4.2
from 26 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Te C.
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I hired Basic Catering for a dinner party. We had salmon and chicken breasts with asparagus and a variety of salads. The food was amazing and the presentation was beautiful. Will definitely order from them again.

Divinity Events
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Allison A.
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We needed someone last minute to help with a holiday party and Raquel saved the day! She was on time, professional, friendly and anticipated every need of mine and my guests. Now if only there were two of her! We look forward to working with her again.

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east bay chef
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Amanda N.
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Jon has a great personality and added so much to our executive dinner party! The food was amazing and he left my bosses kitchen cleaner than when he started. I would highly recommend Chef Jon for future corporate and private dinner parties

  • 1 year in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Linda Lopez
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Just about everything I have tasted from Chrysalis Catering has been delicious! They will not disappoint. I highly recommend!

Chefjonstuart&family
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Emani K.
Verified review

Chef Jon and family was everything the dr ordered the food was excellent and the customer service was even better.I will be using him for all my catering needs.

SPENCERS CATERING
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Heather N.
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Good food. Great staff..neat and professional.

Magpie Productions
5.0
from 1 review
  • 18 years in business
Stephanie T.
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I can smell Magpie Productions chicken wings right now! MMMM good! And those roasted garlic crab and shrimp scampi dishes are the BEST! I can’t forget her amazing pasta dishes they are always filled with the right ingredients. And, what I appreciate most about Magpie Productions is her variety of dishes that range from Southern to gourmet. I would highly recommend Magpie Productions catering to anyone who is looking for tasty food that will delight the palate. And by the way, give her a party theme and she’s run with it! Bon appetite Stephanie T.

  • 13 years in business
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I love doing different presentation for different events the food is amazing the hot secret sauce he would love... I love what I do and I love meeting people and I love when I get there look that the food is amazing...

  • 3 years in business
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My food is cooked from the heart with loce and the essence of the south Making peoples stomach smile with the mouth watering taste of the south

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We provide professional service. We can accommodate most functions. We also have the availability to lease facilities for large functions. We can provide professional servers, bar tenders, etc.

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I provide full-service catering using the freshest locally-sourced ingredients. We grow much of the fruits, produce and herbs that we use.

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catering for clients in the Sacramento Area for over 12 year what makes us unique is we use what's called suggestive catering where we sit with the client and create a menu tailored specifically for them . We take great pride in the work we do satisfying and delighting our clients

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I will assist with all functions in making your event perfect. I do small and cozy dinners, family gatherings, weddings, and birthday parties. I am able to help you plan your menu. I can prepare and cook foods and beverages. Decorating is my favorite part but will also just clean and make everything in perfect order. I will greet and serve your guests and do all clean-up services. Your house or location will look exactly the same, in some cases, better than before. I have several specialties in Cajun and Puerto Rican cuisines. Cakes and other desserts are also available for your events at separate charges.

  • 3 years in business
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I offer in home cooking for any occasion. I do large and small event catering, bar tending/wine bar, and menu planning.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you find a good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

How much does wedding catering cost per person?

Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

What should you look for in a caterer?

A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

  • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
  • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
  • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
  • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
  • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
  • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.

How much should catering cost for a wedding?

The cost of wedding catering will reflect the level of service, the menu you choose, the luxury you desire and the number of guests you invite. Where you live also plays a major role in your wedding catering costs. The regional cost to do business and local cost of food will affect your catering bill. There is no set price for wedding catering, because each wedding and each menu is different. This is why many caterers provide a per-person price. This allows you to break down what it costs to feed each person based on the menu you want. Working with your caterer, you can adjust menu items, service level and more to accommodate your budget and guest count. Keep in mind that wedding catering costs are not just for the food. The bill reflects all the components that go into commercial food catering: a commercial kitchen, ingredients, staff, insurance, marketing and more. Here are some examples of average costs:

  • Three-course plated meal, moderately upscale, for 125 in Los Angeles: $14,000. Because of staffing costs, a true plated meal costs about twice as much as a staff-assisted buffet.
  • Buffet meal, standard menu, for 100 in Los Angeles: $5,000.
  • Per-person cost for hors d'oeuvres, dinner and nonalcoholic beverages: $24–$37, depending on menu selection, in Southern California.
  • Drop off prepared food for 50: $1,000 in North Carolina. Price does not include any service, setup or breakdown.

How do you serve food at a wedding?

Food service at your wedding will affect your catering costs and influence the atmosphere of the reception. Buffet style is more informal; plated meals are a bit fancier; family style encourages sharing. Read about the different food service styles to select your preferred wedding catering choice.

  • Buffet: Caterers can drop off prepared foods for a DIY and budget-friendly buffet option where you set everything up and food is entirely self-service. For a fuller-service buffet, the caterers set up food, oversee the buffet throughout the event, and clean up afterwards. For food only, prices per person might average $16-$18, while a service buffet may start around $20-$22 per person. Adding food stations can increase per-person costs by at least $3-$5.
  • Family style: Servers bring large platters of food to guest tables in courses. It’s less formal (and less expensive) than a plated meal, but more formal and higher-cost than a buffet. You’ll need large tables to accommodate the platters, so plan accordingly when renting furniture for the event.
  • Plated: A plated event is a formal dining experience; waitstaff serve your seated guests for each course, fill their drinks, and attend to them throughout the dinner. A plated dinner is typically the most expensive option for both food and service.
  • Food trucks: Similar to buffets, with food trucks your guests get their own food and bring it to their table. A food truck gives a relaxed and playful vibe to your reception.
  • Cocktail reception: If you don’t want a formal seated dinner, you can opt for a wide assortment of passed appetizers at an extended cocktail hour reception.
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